11537[Meditation Society of America] Re: Picture
- Oct 30, 2003--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jim Clark"
> Hello group,Hello Jim,
I enjoyed reading your introduction
and glad you shared some of your
> As your newest addition to this society, I don't know much about
> just in case it is appropriate that I introduce myself I shallattempt to do
> so.attendee of a
> I was born in 1948, grew up in Oklahoma City, a fairly regular
> Southern Baptist Church until I went away to college at theUniversity of
> Texas at Austin as a Math Major. My attendance was made possiblevia an
> NROTC scholarship; thus, after graduating I served my obligatorysentence as
> a Naval Officer, including two tours in Viet Nam. During thatperiod I
> became a fan of the writings of a various mystics, most especiallyAlan
> Watts. I spent my last tour in San Diego where I broadened myinterests to
> other writers, including Lawrence LeShan, Jane Roberts, Edgar Cayce,studied as
> Ouspenski, etc. I attended as many lectures and classes on psychic
> phenomenon and similar topics as I could; I also took up Yoga,
> many religions, philosophies, and practiced as many exercises as mylittle
> mind could endure. I have had enough psychic experiences to knowthat they
> are genuine, and believe strongly in the value of meditation.Can you talk more about your knowledge that
psychic experiences are genuine. Do you
think that they mean anything other than
what the basic human senses provide?
What do you feel is the value of meditation?
> I am currently a Senior Software Engineer living alone in Los
> I have attempted through the years to be self-critical so as to
> steady, balanced, growth, yet have succeeded in experiencing myshare of
> madness and "folly". I continue to strive for enough stability to beideas.
> meaningful, without losing the ability to explore interesting new
> Tolerance of everyone else's point of view is the means by which Iassure my
> continued ability to piss virtually everyone off.That is interesting how you put that.
And is a good discussion starter...tolerance.
Can you say more about how you piss everyone
off as a result of your tolerance?
How do you know they are pissed off?
It is always interesting to me how we
interpret other's reactions.
> My favorite quote is by the Mathematician and Philosopher Alfred
> "The Universe is vast. Nothing is more curious than the self-
> dogmatism with which mankind at each period of its historycherishes the
> delusion of the finality of existing modes of knowledge. Skepticsand
> believers are alike. At this moment scientists and skeptics are theleading
> dogmatists. Advance in detail is admitted; fundamental novelty isbarred.
> This dogmatic common sense is the death of philosophic adventure.The
> Universe is vast."I would love to hear more about why this
is your favorite quote....what does it mean
Thank you and welcome, Jim
> I look forward to hearing from those of you willing to share your
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